Matt Markins

Executive Director of Ministry Resources; Vice President of Marketing & Strategy

Matt wears many hats as Executive Director of Ministry Resources and Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for Awana. Matt leads the product development team, the marketing team and the training team as they develop resources that equip churches to reach and disciple families. In addition, as a member of the Global Leadership Team, he provides leadership and strategy for the organization.

“Matt Markins is a highly effective ministry and marketing leader,” says Awana President/CEO Jack Eggar. “He loves to serve church leaders and customers and is passionate about their world, work and ultimate spiritual success with childrenyouth and families.”

Matt’s story
Matt knows firsthand the importance of reaching children at a young age. He trusted Christ for salvation when he was 5 years old.

“I clearly remember a kind gentleman sharing the gospel with me and teaching us through songs about the love of Christ,” Matt says.

In high school, Matt sensed God’s call into vocational ministry. He graduated from Welch College with a degree in theology, missiology and Christian education.

A commitment to serve churches and families
For over 15 years, Matt has worked for several Christian ministries, starting with Free Will Baptist International Missions as a short-term missions coordinator. At Thomas Nelson Publishers and most recently Randall House, Matt worked in publishing, marketing and events.

Matt is co-founder of the national D6 Conference. D6 helps churches develop and sustain an integrated discipleship strategy that combines the relationship and influence of the church and the home. D6 is a leading family ministry conference equipping church leaders from nearly 40 denominations, 42 states and 12 countries.

“Being a part of the launching and development of the D6 Conference was a humbling opportunity,” Matt explains. “It’s an exciting time to now serve Awana as we equip church leaders to impact the home for Christ.”

An advocate for family ministry
Matt is a speaker and workshop teacher at pastors’ conferences, churches and Awana conferences around the U.S. But his greatest passion is consulting with churches and nonprofits in the areas of strategy, discipleship, family ministry, marketing and communication, hospitality and organizational structure.

Matt first discovered Awana through his engagement with D6. However, Awana really came alive for Matt and his family when his boys were engaged in the ministry through his former church in Nashville, Tennessee. Matt and his wife, Katie, were thoroughly impressed with the spiritual fruit they witnessed in their own sons’ lives.

When describing the ministry, Matt says, “Awana not only equips churches to present the gospel to kids, students and families, but it also inspires them to be disciple-making disciples who thrive in lifelong faith in Christ. Our alumni, leaders and missionaries are training leaders in more than 100 countries to evangelize and disciple the next generation.”

Matt and Katie served for two years as T&T leaders, and Katie served as the Awana secretary for three years at their home church.

Family life
The Markins have two sons, Warren and Hudson, and reside in suburban Chicago. Matt enjoys family time, traveling, carpentry, yard work, biking and NFL football.